Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas at the age of 42.

His publicist says he was hospitalized "a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth." The publicist added ... "the exact cause of death has not been determined." Prodigy was in Vegas over the weekend performing with the Art of Rap tour ... with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, Ice-T to name a few. Mobb Deep performed Saturday night.

Prodigy recently released Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook and came by to talk with us about it as well as givi g us the exclusive title of his upcoming 8th solo album Hegelian dialectic during an interview with DNA.

Prodigy's catalog curently includes 7 solo albums, 8 albums and 1 EP as a group with Mobb Deep, 4 Compilation albums, 4 films and multiple books including his Autobiography ' My Infamous Life'.


RIP to Prodigy an original 66RAW Family member & a Hip-hop Legend. MOBB 4 Life! The 66RAW Family extends our prayers and condolences to his brother Havoc as well as Prodigy's family and friends.


Rest in Paradise Gangster

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After the 4th Mobb Deep album, Prodigy decided to take a break from the group to deliver his 1st solo album "H.N.I.C." (Head Nigga In Charge) November 14th of 2000. Prodigy enlisted a number of producers for the album, including The Alchemist, EZ Elpee, Rockwilder, Just Blaze and his Mobb Deep partner Havoc. H.N.I.C. was well received and although his lead single "Keep It Thoro" was only moderately rotated with radio and video play it was a street anthem and favorite with true Hip-Hop and mixtape fans worldwide.

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Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook
by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson & KathyIandoli; Foreword by Eddie Huang

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Meals are perhaps the most important aspect of prison life. They keep inmates alive, both physically and emotionally, as mess halls and common areas provide a level of social interaction in an otherwise lonely situation. Albert “Prodigy” Johnson served three and a half years in prison, and during that time his focus was on his health—an almost impossible feat behind bars, where many inmates often enter the prison system healthy, but leave with diabetes and hypertension. Commissary Kitchen provides a deeper perspective of what it’s like to consume meals in prison. While recipes are provided, Prodigy and writer Kathy Iandoli also tell various anecdotes about situations in prison involving food. Meal prep in prison is very limited, so while this work appeals to anyone who has served time or is curious about prison life, it also speaks to those who prepare food with limited access to various cooking luxuries (i.e. college students in dorms being one). While the work is informational, above all it humanizes the prison experience in a way that has never been done before.

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson is a Multi-Platinum recording artist and member of the legendary Hip-Hop duo Mobb Deep. In 2006, Prodigy was arrested for gun possession and served a three-year prison term. In 2011, he released his first memoir, the critically acclaimed My Infamous Life. Since then, Prodigy has continued to release both solo projects and albums through Mobb Deep, touring worldwide. When he isn’t touring, Prodigy is traveling the United States, lecturing at venues like MIT about the prison system and offering insight on changing the quality of inmates’ lives.

Kathy Iandoli

Kathy Iandoli is a critically acclaimed journalist and author. Her work has appeared in publications such as Pitchfork, VICE, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and many others. She is also a professor of Music Business at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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